Being an Ethical Bride: Suit up Sir

Being an Ethical Bride: Suit up Sir | British wedding blog - Bride and TonicTodays ethical bride post is one for the men! We talked about ways to source an ethical wedding dress here in a previous post, but what about the groom and ushers? We have plenty of grooms out there who believe in sustainability too!

Please note – we don’t expect people to follow every single one of these guidelines, and understand we can’t make every single thing in our lives ethical (unless we live in a hole in the woods, probably naked and eating leaves?) but maybe, just maybe by supporting one of these ideas, we could help the world a little bit at a time. Here’s how:

one. hire – to be honest how many of us wear a suit daily? Yes if you work in an office or the city you may be required to wear a suit everyday, but if you find your one token suit is actually sitting at the back of your wardrobe, getting all moth eaten then maybe hiring is an option? Talk to friends about their recommendations and visit a showroom before you commit to check tailoring, quality and price. Also check if you can hire other items such as waistcoats, cufflinks, shoes, ties, hats. When chatting to my husband about this post he said for his friends they are making a day of it by going for a fitting, followed by some bromance time!

two. borrow – your mate got married last year in a dapper suit and you are basically the same size give or take an inch. Why not ask for a cheeky lend?!

three. charity shops – okay yes many people might be opposed to this option, but if you are planning an ethical wedding and also looking to save a few pennies then why not stop by some local charity shops? Better still head to some super posh areas of town on a regular basis and you never know what you might find! Meanwhile check out Oxfam’s offering online…

four. organic – try and buy organic wool rather than non-organic or polyester. Man-made fibres such as polyester are oil based and production releases greenhouse gases, uses large amounts of water for cooling and the end product is not biodegradable. Even better try and find organic British wool – thus reducing your carbon footprint even further!

five. shop small and local – being ethical doesn’t always mean wearing hemp or recycled clothes. Sourcing locally made suits by an independent taylor means you are still doing your bit by supporting your local community and businesses. Plus, you can always source your own ethical fabric to take to a preferred local tailor to make your suit even more eco.

six. wear and wear again – for those of you who wear a suit to work, a wedding can be a lovely opportunity to invest in a good quality suit that you can then reuse after the big day! It’s even more sustainable if you go with an organic option à la point four… 😉

Has this given you food for thought? Do get in touch and let us know if you have planned an ethical wedding! Find more ethical bride posts here.

Main image by Ben Rosett

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